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Till Frozen 2 comes along… (Credit: Disney)
Since its launch in 2013, Disney’s Frozen has become the highest-grossing animated feature of all-time, grossing more than $1.27 billion in box office sales worldwide. Yet, its much-anticipated sequel is seemingly still on ice (pun intended).
But a #Frozen2 there will be, as #Disney has officially confirmed it in early 2015, just that we are unlikely to see it before *gulp* 2019, as it was not included in the House of Mouse’s theatrical schedules for 2017 and 2018.
Of course, there was the 2015 short film, Frozen Fever, but let’s face it: That was just an appetizer (plus we were rather distracted by Queen Elsa’s bad cold and her mischievous snots, cute as they may be.)
Elsa’s snots in ‘Frozen Fever’ (Credit: Disney)
There was also the LEGO Frozen Northern Lights series of shorts on the Disney Channel, which featured building block versions of key characters Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff and Sven on a quest to restore the Northern Lights before they disappear from the kingdom of Arendelle’s sight. It’s a cute (and extremely corny) series, meant for very young kids, but it’s not quite like the real thing.
LEGO Frozen Northern Lights (Credit: Disney)
Till the eagerly-awaited sequel comes along, here are two things Frozen fans can look forward to in 2017:
1. OLAF’S CHRISTMAS SPECIAL
Olaf the adorable snowman gets his own special (Credit: Disney)
This Christmas, a Frozen TV special, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, is set to air on the ABC network in the US of A. Focus will be on the lovable snowman, with Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Sven also set to return, including the original voice cast of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel and Josh Gad. New songs can be expected too, woo-hoo!
2. ‘Frozen’ Goes to Broadway
There’s already Disney on Ice Presents Frozen, now meet Frozen — The Broadway Musical. The stage musical adaptation of the hit movie will take its bow at the St. James Theater in New York in Spring 2018. Prior to that, a two-month test run will take place at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts in August 2017.
Much is expected from the musical, as it is written by the same Oscar-winning team behind the 2013 film — book by Jennifer Lee, screenwriter and director (with Chris Buck), and music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, responsible for the film’s brilliant songs including the stirring “Let It Go.”
The cast has yet to be confirmed, but just for the fun of it, which current pop star do you think is best to play either Elsa or Anna? For instance, Dove Cameron, who was impressive playing Amber in Hairspray Live!, could make a nice Elsa. Let me know in a comment below!
For what we can expect to see in Frozen 2, check out my original article, “7 Things Frozen Fans can look forward to in 2017 and Beyond” at this link: https://creators.co/@margueritatan/4180312
Fans of #StarWarsRebels were already elated when no less than 4 Easter Eggs that made references to the #Disney animated series appeared in the blockbuster, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
And now, with the release of Season 3’s mid-season trailer, more joy is in store as it is officially certain that Master Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi will be (re)appearing in the series to take on his adversary from Star Wars Episode 1: the Phantom Menace (1999), Darth Maul (or just Maul, as the ex-Sith is known on Rebels).
Watch the trailer here:
Cool, aint it? Complete with Obi-wan’s trademark opening strike stance at that (pictured below). Till now, Anakin Skywalker’s mentor was mainly seen as a hologram on a holocron, sounding a warning to any member of the Rebellion who would listen.
Obi-wan Kenobi is ready for Maul (Credit: Disney)
Other than the fact that it is arguably the most exciting trailer for an animated series to come along for some time, here are 5 other exciting tidbits – just to name a few – of what we can expect from the rest of Season 3:
1. Loads of #RogueOne connections such as Death Troopers
Grand Admiral Thrawn flanked by Death Troopers (Credit: Disney)
2. Rebellion leader Mon Mothma’s first appearance on Rebels – and could that be Cassian Andor (played by Diego Luna in Rogue One) sitting behind on her right?
3. Sabine meeting her Mandalorian warrior mother with the darksaber (previously owned by one Darth Maul) in hand
Sabine with the darksaber (Credit: Disney)
4. Grand Admiral Thrawn exhibiting some serious kung-fu moves. Not as stoic and rigid as we thought he was…
5. Freedom fighter Saw Gerrera (played by Forest Whitaker in Rogue One) making his much-anticipated appearance. The character previously appeared in The Clone Wars.
Saw Gerrera will be voiced by Forest Whitaker in ‘Star Wars Rebels’ (Credit: Disney)
For every Rebels fan, these are great stuff to look forward to. Especially it is a clear indication that Rebels will soon be leading into Rogue One territory, tying up loose ends hopefully, which would only make the Star Wars Extended Universe that much more enjoyable.
See also my other Star Wars-related articles below:
* Princess Leia’s 10 Most Iconic Quotes from Star Wars
* 4 Star Wars Rebels Easter Eggs in Rogue One
* 7 Great and Not-So-Great Surprises from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
* Star Wars Rebels 3: Bring On The Empire
Star Wars Rebels Season 3 returns on Disney X D on January 7.
When in Penang: One of the must-do things is to check out the fabulous street art, most of which were commissioned under the Marking George Town Project that helped brand the precinct as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Most popular are the enchanting murals by Penang-based Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic such as the ones above of “Boy on Motorcycle” and (part of) “Boy Walking His Dinosaur” located on Ah Quee Street. The adjacent Armenian Street, the busiest tourist hotspot in the city, is where you will find his other famous work “Kids on Bicycle” and a host of other murals by other artists.
The other type of street art to look out for are these super cute life-sized, steel-rod sculptures on sides of buildings, mostly ground-level, which feature historical facts of Penang history and its people written with much wit and humour.
To find all 15 murals and 51 sculptures easily, pick up a free Marking George Town brochure at the airport or selected hotels as it has a map showing exactly where each artpiece is. (It also show the routes of free city CAT (Central Area Transit) buses which will help you to move around easier.)
Take note that there are also many other fascinating murals in the precinct that are not listed in the map. Just look around every building or shophouse to see if there’s any street art or mural lurking on or behind it. For instance, I stumbled upon this gorgeous three-storey high rooster in splendid colours along “Chicken Alley” off Lorong Che Em, after stumbing upon steel-red sculpture #32 “Duck” off Beach Road!
Meanwhile, the popular painting – and not a mural – of a Minion executing a kung-fu kick can be found hanging behind Quay Bar along Weld Quay, close to local deaf artist Louis Gan’s adorable “Brother and Sister on a Swing”.
So, if ever you make it to #Penang, Malaysia, do check out the #streetart in #Georgetown. You won’t regret it!
All photos by Marguerita Tan. No text or images from this post are to be used without the blog author’s authorisation.
The Walking Dead Season 7 Premiere (SPOILER – STOP NOW IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE EPISODE…)
I knew he would be the one to get whacked but that still didn’t stop me from crying my heart out after the Season 7 premiere last night, something I haven’t done since Bobbi and Lance sacrificed themselves and had to leave the team in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’s Season 2’s “Parting Shot”.
In a way, I’m glad the TWD writers didn’t cop out just because he was a fan favourite ‘cos with death of Glenn Rhee – which was foretold in the graphic novels – various stories arcs can go forth in the TV series.
Still, it’s hard to fathom not seeing the brilliant Steven Yeun on my favourite TV drama series anymore.
Here’s the Top 5 lines from the coolest pizza delivery guy whose company we’d enjoyed since Season one in 2010:
5. “Nice moves there, Clint Eastwood. You the new sheriff come riding in to clean up the town?” – To Rick, after saving the latter from a mob of walkers on the street in Season 1, Episode 2.
4. “God probably got the gist.” – To Maggie after she interrupted him praying for the first time on her front porch in Season 2, Episode 3.
3. “You honor the dead by going on. Even when you’re scared. You live because they don’t get to.” – To Enid, explaining why she needs to return to Alexandria in Season 6, Episode 7.
2. “I’m supposed to be delivering pizza, man…” – His retort to Alexandria resident Health outside the tractor store in Season 6, Episode 1.
1. “Maggie, I’ll find you…” – His last words directed at Maggie after being whacked on the head by Negan’s Lucille so hard that one of his eyes literally popped out in Season 7, Episode 1.
RIP Glenn. It was really nice knowing you…
(Photo Credit: AMC – The Walking Dead)
A year on and Gordon Ramsey’s Bread Street Kitchen is still drawing in the crowds at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. So my pal and I were chuffed to be able to book a table on a Saturday evening to celebrate my Hatched Day (a week early) and we really don’t mind that it’s “available only in the basement”.
As we arrived early – having spent hours earlier on catching Pokemon in and around MBS (which has become a tremendous PoGo hotspot) – we were invited to wait and have drinks first at a long high table facing the Marina Bay promenade of which the scenic views I have to confess are marred of late by the hordes of PoGo trainers pacing to and fro…
The service at Bread Street is nothing short of attentive. Water and a bowl of delicious bread were presented to us, while our orders were taken so that it will be ready by the time we get to our table “downstairs”.
We didn’t have to wait long for our table and we do rather prefer the fully air-conditioned dining area below which, although it features an open kitchen, has a very comfortable ambience.
The menu boasts British European fare and comprises hot and cold starters, salads, mains, grills and desserts, with a good selection of beers, wines and cocktails.
While my pal ordered a sweet iced Rhythm & Blues cocktail ($11), I was delighted to find that BSK has the wonderful Czech beer Pisner Urquell ($14) on their beer list. I had the pleasure of knowing this refreshing beer, which is the world’s first pisner, during my Eastern European holiday to Prague-Vienna-Budapest last year and, yes, it tasted good from the bottle too. Definitely much more expensive than it is in the Czech Republic of course but still worth paying for!
We kicked off our meal with a small Chicken Caesar Salad with pancetta, anchovies, soft boiled egg and parmesan ($16) which definitely helped soothed the hunger pangs somewhat till our main courses arrived.
My friend was having a fish craving of late and so for her mains choice, she went for the Roasted Black Cod with crushed potatoes, salted capers, artichoke, red wine and lemon sauce ($39). The fish was fresh and yummy but what I really loved was the tangy sauce over the smashed potato.
The carnivore that I am of course went for the red meaty stuff. Been wanting to try their Shepherd’s Pie with Braised Lamb ($38) since I read about it so I was rather upset at first when I couldn’t find it on the menu until the manager informed that it has replaced the Steak and Ale Pie, so phew! And there it was: with the potato and cheese crust wonderfully baked and blended very well with the tasty minced lamb bits. Not the best shepherd’s pie I’d ever tasted -that was in The Punchbowl bar in Mayfair, London (formerly co-owned by British film director Guy Ritchie) – but I don’t have any complaints about this one.
Unfortunately, we were way too stuffed for desserts but am sure that we will be back to try other items. In general, the food fare and service are both definitely much better than Jamie’s Italian – sorry Jamie and I’m a huge fan – but in terms of British celebrity chefs’ restaurants in Singapore, Gordon Ramsey wins this round hands down.
Bread Street Kitchen is at Bay Level, L1-81, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.